For a car company that has only sold a modest 150 cars ever since its inception, Koenigsegg has a few models in its range at any given time. Take for example the current range that consists of the Agera R, Agera S and One 1, with two more cars to be introduced in the next year, namely the Agera RS and the Regera. Regera as the company claims is a Swedish transitive verb, which means ‘to reign, rule or govern’, and if this doesn’t raise eyebrows, this model is claimed to be a Megacar rather than any hypercar or supercar. Think more dragster that can go round corners than a Bugatti Veyron alternative.
The Regera is powered by a V8 engine complete with three electric motors – one on the crankshaft and one for each rear wheel. In addition, the Regera boasts a smoother front end design than other models in the company’s range, and is equipped with a prominent roof scoop, wrap around windscreen, a front diffuser and large front air intakes. With regards to the rear of the vehicle, it is fitted with an Akrapovic designed exhaust dominated by a charging port.
The large rear spoiler of the Regera produces an overall downforce of 450kg at 155mph, and the complete frame sits comfortably on carbonfiber wheels – 20 inches at the rear and 19 inches at the front and all four corners are equipped with ventilated ceramic brake discs. The car’s 5.0 liter twin supercharged V8 engine allows it to deliver a total output of a staggering 1085bhp at 7500rpm. But the electric motors add another 697bhp to generate a combined torque of 1549lb ft and 1782bhp total system output. If this doesn’t get your pulse racing, then we don’t know what will!
The company claims that this is the most powerful production car to date and is a fierce rival of the Porsche 918 Spyder, LaFerrari and the McLaren. Koenigsegg further states that the Regera will sprint from 0-250mph in less than 20 seconds and 0-62mph in roughly 2.8 seconds. Furthermore, the Regera is able to run on electric power only up to 20mph. The Regera’s lightweight overall hybrid setup is its secret to its top of the line performance and even though it is not regarded as a traditional hybrid, it is appointed with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) transmission.
Compared to CVT’s and traditional transmissions, the KDD has the potential to reduce energy losses by an amazing 50%. Company director for sales in the Middle East, Africa and Asia – Andreas Petre says “That despite its tremendous power, the Regera will be a breeze to drive on the road owing to its sophisticated traction control aerodynamics, active chassis and ESP.”
Only 80 lucky buyers will get a chance to own the Regera for a whopping £1.23m before tax and is expected to be in production over the course of five to six years. Methinks that an 1800bhp car such as this will not be cheap to insure, so it might be worth waiting for 15 years and getting it cheaper on a specialist specialist insurance policy. Although, if you have that kind of money you probably wouldn’t worry too much!